L & # 39; exastronauta Bill Anders, pilot of the lunar module Apollo 8 of the NASA, the first mission that orbits ours satellite, think it's "stupid"and" almost ridiculous "planning human missions a Mars.
Speaking on BBC radio Anders, 85, said he was a "big supporter" of the "notable" programs without personnel, "mainly because they are much cheaper". But he says that public support is not simply enough to finance much more expensive human missions. "What is the imperative? What drives us to go to Mars?"He said, adding:" I do not think the public is so interested ".
In December 1968, Anders, together with his teammates Frank Borman is Jim Lovell, taken off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on top of a Saturn V, before completing ten orbits around the Moon. The crew of Apollo 8 he happened 20 hours in orbit, before returning to Earth on December 27th.
Anders is critical of the evolution of NASA since the time of the lunar conquest. "The NASA I could not reach the moon today. They are so obsessed … NASA has become an employment program … many of the centers are interested, especially to keep busy. "
Anders also criticizes the decision to focus on the exploration of orbit close to the Earth after end of the Apollo program in the decade 1970. "I think the space shuttle was a big mistake, barely doing anything except an exciting launch, but it never kept its promise," he said.
"The space station is only there because you have a ferry and vice versa. NASA he really mishandled the crewed program from the last lunar landings, "he said.
Your former teammate Frank Borman, who led the Apollo 8 mission and also spent two weeks in the Earth orbit during the Gemini program, is a bit more optimistic. "I'm not that critical of NASA as Bill says, "he said." I firmly believe that we need a robust exploration of our solar system and I believe that man is part of that ".
But Borman asked what were the plans of space founder X Elon Musk and the head of Amazon Jeff Bezos to launch private missions to Mars. "I think there are many exaggerations about Mars that are absurd. Musk and Bezosthey are talking about putting colonies on Mars, it's an absurdity. "